Friday 20 October 2017

Residents lose bid to stop booze at Marlay Park gigs including Stone Roses and Longitude

Ian Brown of The Stone Roses
Ian Brown of The Stone Roses

Tom Tuite

A JUDGE has rejected a bid by locals to ban the sale of alcohol at the Stone Roses and Kodaline concerts as well as the Longitude music festival in Dublin's Marlay Park.

Denying their objection, Judge Michael Coghlan said there was a need for venues in many areas and he told one resident he must have known the concerts would not be a "teetotaller convention".

The locals went to court yesterday to complain about under-age drinking, drunk concert-goers urinating in public places, anti-social behaviour and not being able to gain access to their homes during gigs.

They also complained about a "Berlin-type wall" in a "lock-down" of the south Dublin suburb during the shows.

Garda Sergeant Michael Phelan is co-ordinating the policing of the events and told the court that lessons have been learned from previous problems.

He said there would be 190 gardai on duty for the July 8 and 9 concerts inside and outside the venue. There will be 180 gardai on duty for the Longitude Festival, he said.

He said they will have age checks at the entrance and there would be test purchases of alcohol taking place at the event.

Irish rockers Kodaline are set to play Marlay Park in Rathfarnham on July 8, while veteran Manchester Indie legends the Stone Roses (lead singer Ian Brown inset) will take to the stage in front of 40,000 fans the following day.

The three-day Longitude Festival featuring dozens of acts will also take place from July 15-17, with all the shows being put on by promoters MCD.

Events Bars & Catering (Facilities MGT Ireland) Ltd applied to Dublin District Court for an occasional licence to serve alcohol at the events.

however they faced an objection by 25 concerned Rathfarnham residents, some fearing a repeat of the trouble that broke out during concerts in Phoenix Park in 2012.

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